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The Mystery Of Iniquity

Second Thessalonians 2:7 says,"For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. "Who is that he now letteth and who will be taken out of the way?

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In early Modern English - (English since about 1450) when the KJV was translated, "let" meant to hinder.
---Bruce5656 on 9/2/07

The "he" is the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit of God working through Christians that restrains evil. When we are taken out of this world the Anti-Christ will be revealed (verses 6-8).
---Kay6588 on 2/10/07

** "Who is that he now letteth and who will be taken out of the way?**

While St. John Chrysostom said it was the Christian Emperor, I tend to think "he who prohibits [meaning of "letteth" in Tudor diction]" is the restraining hand of God.
---Jack on 2/9/07

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I might as well mention here that "let" is one of those words that has changed meanings--180, in fact--since 1611.

Another one is "prevent", which means "go before." In 17th century it meant "go before to permit or enable something". Now it means "go before to stop something from happening."
---Jack on 2/9/07

Pt.2.. Blasphemous utterances concerning his prodigy as he attempts to deceive, if it were possible, even the elect. 2Thes2:9. Defining the words of verse in the original language, within context, will document the prior statement. As far as documentation for Michael presently restraining him to cast him to earth to be revealed in his role as the spurious messiah see Rev.12:7,9,12 Those taken in Lk.17:34-36 are taken by him. See verse 37 which is referenced in Rev.12:14 & in Mat.24:28 as a carcass, ruin.
---joseph on 2/9/07

The who is Michael the arch angel. He currently restrains Satan from appearing on earth de-facto as the impostor who exhibits himself as The Christ, the anointed savior of mankind. When in fact he is that Wicked one, whose physical presence will represent an aspect of the doctrine which has allowed for the effectual operation of that fixed position he holds as the ultimate deceiver. He will be given complete authority to exhibit an ability to create supernatural events to give credence to his... Cont.
---joseph on 2/9/07

It sounds like your wanting to know who HE is. He is whosoever letteth the mysteries of iniquity continue to work within them! 2 Thess.2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 2 Thess.2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. This is how they will be taken out of the way!
---ShawnM.T on 2/8/07

He is the Holy Spirit.

The problem in understanding this verse is that it is one of those which contains an archaic word that meant something exactly opposite to the translators of the KJV than it does today.
---Bruce5656 on 2/8/07

The word "let" is translated from the Greek word: katecho and means
1) to hold back, detain, retain
1a) from going away
1b) to restrain, hinder (the course or progress of)
1b1) that which hinders, Antichrist from making his appearance
1b2) to check a ship's headway i.e. to hold or head the ship
1c) to hold fast, keep secure, keep firm possession of
2) to get possession of, take
2b) to possess
---Bruce5656 on 2/8/07

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